As tired as I am of gimmicky multi-tools, Allied’s latest offering — the FlipGrip dual jaw multi-tool — still caught my attention. Apparently “flip grip” means that the grip flips back to expose a dual-headed set of pliers at the center pivot point.
The pliers look fairly useable and are much less ridiculous than some others I’ve seen. The Flip Grip also carries the standard array of saws, bottle openers and blades as well as a bit compartment in one of the handles that holds four screwdriver bits of various sizes.
The whole rig streets for around $20, and it actually looks a lot better than its name makes it sound. In fact, when you play with one it brings back visions of high school when I spent hours trying to master a stupid butterfly knife — only the FlipGrip is a bunch more useful and probably wouldn’t get confiscated so quickly.